4624.0 - Natural Resource Management on Australian Farms, Preliminary, 2004-05  
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July 06, 2006
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)

Australian farmers active in Natural Resource Management: ABS

More than 9 out of 10 Australian farmers reported undertaking some form of natural resource management activity during 2004-05, according to a new Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Natural Resource Management survey released today.

Weed and pest management were the most common natural resource management activities farmers undertook nationally.

Most (86%) farmers reported having at least one natural resource management issue on their holding, with weeds and pests again topping the list.

Native vegetation, land and soil and water-related issues were other natural resource management issues reported by farmers.

These preliminary findings are from the ABS' first dedicated Natural Resource Management survey, which asked farmers to report the extent of natural resource management issues on their holding and the activities they undertook to prevent or manage them. The preliminary findings from this survey have been made available at the national, state and regional level.

Final results from the survey will provide more detailed estimates including types of management practices, areas affected and areas being managed. These final results are expected to be released in September this year.

Further information is in Natural Resource Management on Australian Farms 2004-05 (cat. no. 4624.0).